The Nepalese government vowed to hold accountable the officials that were allegedly involved in the questionable purchase of military hardware for Nepalese peacekeepers in Darfur. Shankar Pokharel, the country’s information minister, told Reuters that a government investigation held in December found that approximately 300 million rupees (USD4 million) was embezzled during the purchase of armored trucks for the peacekeepers. The investigation came after the U.N. discovered that Nepalese troops have substandard equipment. Pokharel said the government has set up a panel to determine how officials involved in the scam will be sanctioned.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.